Argentina (world champions) strengthened their lead in the ranking of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) after the publication of the latest list on Thursday, and the ranking of the top 5 teams after the international period was unchanged.
The first place became the preserve of the "tango" team, which eliminated its Brazilian counterpart "samba" from the summit last April, after beating Ecuador and Bolivia in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers earlier this month.
France, who lost to Germany in a friendly last week, held on to second place, ahead of Brazil, England and Belgium respectively.
Portugal were the only ones to move up the top ten to eighth, while Italy slipped to ninth after a 1-1 draw with North Macedonia in Euro 2024 qualifiers.
Croatia is sixth, followed by the Netherlands while Spain has completed the top ten.
Morocco (13), Colombia (16), Denmark (18) and Japan (19) are ahead of the rankings.
🇵🇹🇦🇷 Portugal climb the ranks, Argentina remain in the lead, and a remarkable lead for Guinea-Bissau and Albania
Morocco 🇲🇦, Colombia, Denmark and Japan advanced within the top twenty.
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Here are the ranking of the top 20 teams in the FIFA ranking: